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The Keppel Islands and Yeppoon

The Keppel Islands and Yeppoon

 The pretty Yeppoon foreshore

The pretty Yeppoon foreshore

Yeppoon (Yipin) means 'where the waters meet' in Darumbal Indigenous language. It is a pretty seaside town and the gateway to Great Keppel Island, once a party resort, now a more laid back snorkelling destination.

 Lunchtime on Great Keppel Island

Lunchtime on Great Keppel Island

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The Darumbal people that comprise at least six clan groups, are thought to have inhabited the Keppel Islands for 5000 years. The ocean was a source of food and ceremonial practices.

 

Many archaeological sites have found remnants of fire stones, suggestions of a trade economy and evidence of Indigenous peoples' ability to travel by sea between the mainland and islands. 

 Monkey Beach, Great Keppel Island

Monkey Beach, Great Keppel Island

As with many places in Queensland and across Australia, our historical documentation has condensed scant snippets of thousands of years of Indigenous life, beside brief, yet weightily recorded European occupation.

 Yeppoon 

Yeppoon 

This in part is due to the writings of few prolific colonists and the advent of photographic documentation. Predominantly though, our blinkered history comes from the active fragmentation of Indigenous groups and the reattribution of their homelands for agriculture, mineral extraction and tourism. 

 

 

 

Urapuntja

Urapuntja

The call of the Bush Stone Curlew

The call of the Bush Stone Curlew